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People For the American Way
Image:People For the American Way logo 2007.png
Founder Norman Lear
Type Advocacy Group
Founded 1981
Headquarters Washington D.C.
Key people Ralph Neas
Area served Flag of United States United States
Focus Progressive advocacy
Method Media attention, direct-appeal campaigns
Website PFAW Official Website]


People For the American Way (PFAW) is a liberal, self described progressive advocacy organization in the United States. Under U.S. tax code, PFAW is organized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. The current president of PFAW is Ralph Neas. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the computer game previously called Entrepreneur, see The Corporate Machine. ... Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is a Jewish-American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times and Maude. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Ralph Neas is the current president of People for the American Way, a prominent socialist advocacy organization in the United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Progressivism is a term that refers to a broad school of international social and political philosophies. ... Advocacy is an umbrella term for organized activism related to a particular set of issues. ... 501(c)(4) refers to a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code providing an exemption from the imposition of Federal income tax for the following kinds of entities: Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, or local associations... Ralph Neas is the current president of People for the American Way, a prominent socialist advocacy organization in the United States. ...

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Purpose

Since its inception, PFAW has been particularly visible in battles over judicial nominations. It has also been active in recent years on issues including school class size, separation of church and state, civil rights, voting rights for Washington, DC, in the U.S. Congress, equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people, and promotion of civic participation. Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Congress in Joint Session. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


PFAW describes itself as "an energetic advocate for the values and institutions that sustain a diverse democratic society ... threatened by the influence of the radical right and its allies who have risen to political power."[1] Its principal rivals have been the Christian Right organizations such as Christian Voice (USA), Moral Majority, and Focus on the Family. The term Christian Right is used by scholars and journalists, to refer to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of conservative social and political values. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is a Christian non-profit organization based in the United States. ...


History

PFAW was founded by television producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, etc.) in 1981 specifically to counter the efforts of the religious right. According to the PFAW website, Lear was particularly concerned with the growing clout of televangelists such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Co-founders included Barbara Jordan, Andrew Heiskell, and other leaders from the political, religious, business, and entertainment communities. A Television producer oversees the making of television penis programs. ... Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is a Jewish-American television writer and producer who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times and Maude. ... All in the Family is a popular and acclaimed American situation comedy that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971 until April 8, 1979, when the final original episode aired. ... Maude is a half-hour American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 29, 1978. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the USA, a televangelist (television evangelist) is a religious minister (often a Christian priest or minister) who devotes a large portion of his (or her) ministry to TV broadcasts to a regular viewing and listening audience. ... Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is a televangelist from the United States. ... Jerry Falwell (born August 11, 1933) is a fundamentalist pastor and televangelist from the United States. ... Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician from Texas. ...


PFAW continues to maintain its ties to each of those communities today, with such figures as actress Kathleen Turner and the Rabbi David Sapperstein sitting on its boards. Each year, PFAW holds "Spirit of Liberty" awards dinners, which usually honor such prominent figures from the various communities as well. Recent recipients have included Sharon Stone (entertainer), Peter Lewis (businessman), and Reg Weaver (president of the National Education Association). Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an Academy Award nominated American actress. ... Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe and Emmy winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. ... Peter B. Lewis is the Cleveland, Ohio-area based Chairman of Progressive Insurance Companies. ... The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union in the United States, representing many of the countrys teachers along with other school personnel. ...


When it was first formed, PFAW was broadly bipartisan after Norman Lear had changed his voter registration to Republican Party and endorsed John Anderson's campaign, as an independent, for President in 1980. Former Republican President Gerald Ford also served for a number of years as co-chairman. The former presidents of PFAW are Anthony Podesta (1981-1987), Arthur Kropp (1987-1995), and Carole Shields (1996-2000). The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... John Bayard Anderson (born February 15, 1922) was a liberal Republican U.S. Representative from Illinois and presidential candidate in the 1980 election. ... The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ...


Soon after its founding, PFAW launched an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, PFAW Foundation, for the purpose of conducting more extensive educational and research activities. Later, the PFAW Voter Alliance was launched as a political action committee, which, as opposed to its sister organizations, has the legal capacity to endorse candidates for office. 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ... In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ...


Scope of Activity

The national headquarters of PFAW and PFAW Foundation is in Washington, DC, and smaller regional offices are located in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, Tallahassee, and Miami. Various organizers are also employed in "battleground" states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio. The organizations share field, policy, research, communications, legal, internet strategy, and administrative departments. People for the American Way Foundation is the charitable arm of People for the American Way, a progressive advocacy organization in the United States. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... NY redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County, Williamson County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, a state of the United States of America. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...


PFAW is prominent within the progressive political movement for monitoring right-wing activities, conducting rapid response, political lobbying, and volunteer mobilization. In addition, PFAW's affiliated foundation runs programs designed for voter education and progressive infrastructure building. PFAW Foundation programs include Mi Familia Vota, which conducts Hispanic civic engagement, and several African-American outreach programs such as the African-American Ministers Leadership Council. It is also an active anti-gun organization.


In 2005, PFAW Foundation initiated a fellowship program, called Young People For to identify, train, and support future progressive leaders. In 2006, Young People For spun off the Young Elected Officials Network, which was created to identify and support progressive elected officials from around the country who are under the age of 35.


Another new endeavor is the Center for American Values in Public Life, a think tank tasked with studying and clarifying the intersection of religion, morality, and progressive politics.


Leadership

  • Ralph G. Neas, President
  • Marge Baker, Chief of Staff
  • Carol Blum, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Nick Ucci, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Elliot Mincberg, Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Legal Director
  • Mary Jean Collins, Senior Vice President and Political Director
  • Sharon Lettman, Vice President for External Affairs and National Programs Director
  • Jorge Mursuli, Vice President and Florida Director and Director of Democracia U.S.A.
  • Peter Montgomery, Vice President for Communications
  • Barbara Handman, Senior Vice President for Special Arts Projects

Other Notable Staff

  • Ann Beaudry, Director of Strategic Planning and published author
  • Nancy Kaszak, Midwest Regional Director and former Illinois State Representative
  • Iara Peng, Director of Young People For
  • Andrew Gillum, Director of Young Elected Officials Network and City Commissioner in Tallahassee, FL
  • Alisha Thomas Morgan, YEO Network Membership Services Manager and Georgia State Representative
  • Tanya Clay House, Director of Public Policy
  • Shaunna Thomas, Deputy Director of Young People For and former director of Bike and Build
  • Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., Director of the Center for American Values in Public Life and published religious studies scholar
  • Irma Palacios, Deputy Director of Democracia U.S.A.
  • Andrew Stengel, Director of New York Office and former Vice President of Miramax Films

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Coalitions, Partnerships, and Joint Ventures

PFAW is a member of a number of progressive coalitions surrounding various issues, and it sometimes conducts joint campaigns with other organizations. Some of these projects include:

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External links

  • Official website
  • Young People For Fellowship Program
  • Democracia U.S.A.
  • CRC Organization Report

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